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Secluded 5-acre, Minnetonka Family Retreat in West Metro Area

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Minnetonka retreat home nestled near Lone Lake Park Reserve on its own cul-de-sac on 5 acres, partly wooded, partly spacious lawn. First floor split entry invites one into a cozy library or up several wide carpeted steps to a grand living room with ceiling to floor stone and brick fireplace, The dining room opens to a screen porch and a breakfast room with fireplace and updated kitchen with double ovens, refrigerator, and 5 burner cook-top. Up several more stairs are 4 bedrooms, a full bath plus large separate shower. The master bedroom suite opens into a spacious sitting room with bay window and picture windows on 3 walls. First floor has a half bath, access to the laundry room, garage. Down several more stairs is a large family room with ceiling to floor brick fireplace, TV, wet bar, and game area leading out to a stone patio. Each room has picture windows ideal for viewing wildlife: deer, pileated woodpeckers, wild turkeys, barred owls.

Property Manager
Florence Dunkel
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Florence Dunkel

I am an Entomology professor at Montana State University (MSU) and live in Bozeman, Montana. I raised all my children here and taught freshwater ecology at Lone Lake adjacent to this vacation home when we lived there. My husband is a retired instructor in the MSU College of Business and we were married on the grounds of our home. It is an ideal location for a wedding and reception. Together with our children and the neighbors we have been exploring this area through skiing, wildlife observation, including birdwatching for 35 years. This was the first house on the road and the home where Doug and Lynn grew up, hence the road name Douglynn. We bought the home from the parents of Doug and Lynn.

Florence Dunkel purchased this house in 1977

Why Florence Dunkel chose Minnetonka

We chose this property because we wanted the feeling of being in the wilderness. In fact one step inside of our south facing woods on the property and you feel like you are in a natural cathedral. Proceed a little farther and you are at the edge of a lake bordered in the summer with the magnificent lotus leaves and flowers. The woods are always changing and will share its beauty with those who explore. It is peaceful, relaxing, and a joyous place to be. You can enjoy the warmth of a fireplace while in the cozy eating area watching wildlife or in the great room. You can relax inside the home, in the screened porch area, patio, or outside on the lawn. For the active family there is a level playing field for badminton, croquet, bocce, touch football or soccer. Most of the rooms have been furnished in earth tones to keep the rustic feel. The home has a serene, natural feel where there is a continuity between the outside and the inside. The home is away from it all, yet close to everything. We would like to welcome families and groups of no more than 12 enjoy our home. This is a peaceful neighborhood and we want to keep our neighbors happy. Therefore, we will not accept requests for events such as weddings, receptions, batchlorette parties, etc.

What makes this house unique

This clearing in the woods is nestled in Lone Lake Park Reserve with miles of hiking, cross-country, and interpreted nature, trails, tennis courts, picnic pavilion and children's jungle gym. The property is located within 20 minutes of Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Mall of America, and downtown Minneapolis, and Lake Minnetonka by car. We are within walking distance of Shady Oak Beach which is a kid-friendly, life-guarded lake with a mini-water park, concession stand, volleyball, and changing rooms. Bryant Lake is a 5 minute drive and offers free entrance, parking, and beach. Kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, just to name a few, are available to rent. There are concession stands, restrooms, and an indoor pavilion to rent for entertaining large groups,


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Minnetonka

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upper Level Hall Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Main Floor - Toilet and sink only
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Shower only (no tub), with his/her sinks
  • 2.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Master bedroom - 1 king , Master has private bath
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , Lower level family room, queen sofa bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , bunk bed with double bed underneath
    Sitting room - 1 twin/ single , room is attached to master, pocket doors can be closed.
  • 4 bedrooms on upper level: Bedroom 1 - Full size, Bedroom 2 - Twin (loft bed) over full size - Bedroom 3 -Two twin beds, Bedroom 4 - King bed with twin in attached sitting room. Lower level family room - Queen sofa bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The property has plenty of space for outside activities, basketball, football, badminton or soccer on the side field. The house is within walking distance of Shady Oak Lake that caters to families and includes lifeguards, kiddie area and concession (they charge admission). Bryant Lake is a 5 minute drive where you can rent paddle boats, canoes or kayaks. Enjoy the walking/bike trails very close to the house. And of course, Mall of America is a 20 minute drive as well as downtown Minneapolis for those who want to shop or visit tourist attractions.


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Secluded 5-acre, Minnetonka Family Retreat in West Metro Area
average rating of 4.3 based on 20 reviews

Very roomy in a park like setting!

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed all aspects of the accommodations. Plenty of room to play, relax, cook, and enjoy each others company around the large table that fit all ten of us. We also enjoyed that no T.V's were in the living room so it promoted communication without distraction. Everyone enjoyed the wild life and the wide variety of birds in the area. From a toddler to a senior it was a very wonderful experience. Everything we needed was provided. This would be great place to retreat for any occasion. I personally would love to do some writing in the small room off the master bedroom. Very peaceful and quite.

  • Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Location, Home and Host!

  • 5 of 5

This was my first time using VRBO and the Dunkels made it a wonderful experience. Florence promptly answered all my questions. Their home exceeded our expectations. The location was convenient with easy access to the freeway, bike trails and walking paths. Stores were nearby. The 7+ beds provided more than enough sleeping spaces.

With 3 generations sharing the home, everyone was comfortable and loved the family atmosphere. The house is clean and kid friendly with toys, games and books. The 3-seasons-porch provides added dining and relaxation possibilities.We roasted marshmallows over the fire pit and made delicious s'mores.

The Dunkels were able to be flexible with the schedule, which we sincerely appreciated. Our entire family agreed that this was a great home to share and we all look forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: 28-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adorable house and wildlife!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely few days with family. The house was a perfect gathering place. Immaculate, well-maintained, cozy and very charming. The house had everything we needed and enough space for five adults, two teenagers and a baby (and plenty of room to spare!). We had great time and loved the house. Next time we'll come when the weather is warmer so we can enjoy the yard and the quiet neighborhood. Thank you!

  • Submitted: 26-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Omaha, Ne

Family wedding weekend

  • 2 of 5

The location is nice and the yard beautiful, but much is left to be desired about this rental.

The house is outdated (think Brady Bunch furnishings) and in need of repairs, including the back railing from the porch to the yard. When we arrived there were 4 broken dining room chairs set against the wall with a note on them from a previous tenant, dated 2 months prior. The silver ware drawer had only 3 teaspoons, even thought a list of utensils was prominently placed in the drawer listing 8.

The cleaning crew needs better supervision as we found toenail clippings between the sheets in one of the guest rooms.

The payment is odd. Florence doesn't like PayPal so requires you send in a certified check or money order, plus a substantial security deposit. I had to wait an unusually long time for acknowledgement of my check, and over a month for my security deposit to be returned.

Overall, not the perfect rental for a few different reasons.

  • Submitted: 13-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Dakota

Wonderful setting for a family gathering!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I hosted our three children, their spouses and young families for the weekend. The residence was very roomy with lots of options for sleeping. The kitchen was well stocked for doing our own cooking. We had lots of room for dining. But our favorite was the secluded yard, rich with wildlife! The 3 & 4 year olds loved running from window to window to watch the wild turkey strut through the yard! The Lone Tree nature area was only 1/2 mile away and had awesome play equipment and lovely wooded trails.

  • Submitted: 1-Jul-2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House, Excellent Experience

  • 5 of 5

Myself and seven other male friends rented this house in September for a golf/NFL football weekend. The house fit our needs perfectly. All 8 of us had our own beds and the large, secluded property gave us a ton of space to throw the football around and hang out outside. The weather was not great so we did not take advantage of the screened in porch area but it would be great in the summer. The house allowed us to make most of our meals, which we ate around the large dining room table. There is not much within walking distance, but MOA was less than a fifteen minute drive, as well as Uptown. Plenty of parking at the house and quick access to major freeways. Florence and Marie were easy and pleasant to deal with. When we arrived, Marie was waiting with the key and answered any questions we had. I would recommend this property to any larger group looking to stay together as oppose to a hotel. The best features of this house is the property it is on, and the number of people it can sleep. Definitely would recommend to any group seeking a rental home in the Minneapolis area. Clean, comfortable, and convenient rental property in the Minneapolis Metro area. Absolutely would stay here again if/when I come back with a large group.

  • Submitted: 20-Nov-2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Mainstreet Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Glen Lake Golf
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highways 7, 494 and 62
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Scoreboard Bar & Grill
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Hyland Ski
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Shady Oak Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Minnetonka

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$320.65
Cleaning fee C$378.37 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$961.95
Tax Rate 7.26%

Dates will remain open until signed contract and the security deposit is received. Upon arrival, the security deposit becomes the damage deposit. If there is no damage detected after departure, damage deposit is refundable within 30 days of departure. Gatherings of more than 12 people at the property, without owner's prior approval, will be charged an additional fee of $500; this fee will automatically be deducted from the damage deposit.
While we show "No Pets Allowed," service dogs are certainly acceptable

Security deposit of $750.00 is due, address given below, to secure the reservation. Total Rental and cleaning fee due one month before arrival by certified check or money order payable to:
Florence Dunkel
14 Indian Paintbrush Dr
Bozeman, MT 59718-8337

Manager's Cancellation Policy

No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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